So you’re having a couple of friends or family members over and you want to play a game on Steam together. Naturally, you’ll want to play the game locally without the need to download the same game on two separate computers and Steam accounts. Luckily, Steam offers several titles that fall under this category, so choosing one depends on your personal taste. Below, you’ll find some of the best titles you can play with a friend on the same couch.
10. Rocksmith 2014 (PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Who said that learning to play the guitar had to be a boring and lonesome process? Not Ubisoft because according to them, you can learn to play the guitar through some compelling minigames and then practice one of your favorite songs with one of your friends. Who’s better at playing Green Day’s Basket Case? There’s only one way to find out…
9. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, iOS)
Pretty much every single LEGO game can be played cooperatively and since I was forced to choose just one, I chose Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Still, take into account that the Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings games can also be played with friends. The LEGO series is much more light in terms of puzzles, so don’t expect convoluted challenges or anything like that. What you can expect though are dozens of charming references to their respective films.
8. Castle Crashers (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)
Castle Crashers is a 2D beat ’em up set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and kidnaps several princesses. Four knights set out on a quest to defeat the evil wizard and beat up everything that crosses their path. The fast-paced side-scrolling action, unique cartoon style, compelling RPG elements and fun cooperative mode, make Castle Crashers a blast.
7. Serious Sam: The First Encounter (PC)
The Serious Sam series is one of the most ridiculous first-person shooters ever made and those levels of absurdity are taken to an extreme when you play with a buddy. For me, playing cooperatively removed all the frustrations from the campaign, since defeating some of the harder enemies took less time and some of the puzzles suddenly became simpler.
6. Trine 2 (PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U)
Trine 2 is a side-scrolling action platformer developed by Frozenbyte. One of the game’s most unique features is the possibility of playing with up to two friends. Each player assumes the iconic roles of the Wizard, Warrior and Thief and they play simultaneously in the cooperative mode. In the game, each character has unique abilities that you need to use to make progress.
5. Guacamelee! (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC)
Guacamelee! proves that more Metroidvania-style games should have a cooperative mode. This side-scrolling platformer takes inspiration from classic titles, but one of its best features is the possibility of playing same-screen multiplayer, which is loads of fun.
4. Mercenary Kings (PC, PlayStation 4)
Tribute Games’ Mercenary Kings is a frantic 2D action game that resembles Metal Slug. More importantly, it resembles its terrific cooperative mode. Take into account that the Steam version of Mercenary Kings is in Early Access, so the game’s technically not out yet. Still, that doesn’t mean you can have some fun with your friends though, because Mercenary Kings has plenty of that.
3. Rayman Legends (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
In Rayman Legends, up to four players make their way through various levels. Levels involve collecting items, finding secrets, defeating enemies, and freeing captured Teensies. Take into account that each version of the game has unique features and control options, so make sure you are familiar with those before choosing one specific version. Rayman Origins, Legends’ predecessor also has 4-player coop, so that’s still a great version if you haven’t played it already.
2. Resident Evil 5 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
Unlike Resident Evil 4 and most of its predecessors, Resident Evil 5 is an action adventure third-person shooter, so most of the traditional survival horror elements are nowhere to be found here. Still, if what you’re looking for is a cooperative game where you can play simultaneously with a friend, this game is definitely for you. The entire main story mode can be played with a friend either offline or online, but take into account that the former takes place in split screen.
1. Portal 2 (PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Portal 2’s cooperative campaign is unlike anything else out there. Of course, it shares many similarities with the single-player campaign, but the fact that players use two sets of portals instead of just one, makes the campaign extremely entertaining to play with someone. Of course, puzzles are much more convoluted when you play with someone, but don’t worry because two heads think better than one.
Here are some of the titles that were considered for this list, but didn’t make it to the final cut: Rayman Origins, A Virus Named TOM, Tomb Raider: Guardian of Light, Dungeon Defenders, Magicka, Shank, DeathSpank, Spelunky, Sonic Racing Transformed, Audiosurf, Awesomenauts, Jamestown, Dirt 3, Deathspank, FIFA 13 and Blur.
For more information about couch cooperative games on Steam, check out this complete list on Reddit.
Additionally, here’s another article that features a handful of coop games which are ordered according to the number of players that can play at the same time.